Dueling screwdrivers

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Project by jeffswildwood posted 03-15-2019 01:39 PM 650 views 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my entry for the spring swap. Going to Nathan, Lazyman, and really hope he likes them. He seems to. His Wife has even dubbed them “dueling screwdrivers” after saying the box looks like it should have dueling pistols! :-)

I signed up for this swap and decided I wanted to make a nice screwdriver set. Unfortunately, life really jumped in the way. First my Wife developed a sickness that involved lots of travel and then winter hit. I can’t use my lathe unless I take it outside. Hard to find a pretty day to do that! But I jumped in and with the help of GrantA was able to get a set of the Grace shanks. (Thanks for the help and the shanks buddy)! I preped the blanks and finally hit a good day. I really pushed and got all the handles close enough so I could finish them in my shop.

I chose a combination of Maple, walnut and oak. Each wood has a story but I won’t go into that. Each time I got some time I would work the handles. Cutting, drilling and sanding until I had them right.

Then the finish began. I tried something new, wet sanding. I used danish oil as a medium and was really pleased with the results. Finished with my mix of 50/50 danish oil and gloss poly.

I had some time left and made a nice box for the set and just had to try one more for a bonus ite. After watching Jay Bates video on making a multidriver I had to try it. I actually made three. One didn’t work out and the other went as a gift and one as a bonus.

Thanks to Ken, HokieKen, for “proof reading” my attempts and thanks to Earl for running this awesome swap.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#1 posted 03-15-2019 01:48 PM

This is one beautiful set of drivers. Awesome Job!

-- Neil, Indiana - Instagram: neilsalomon

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#2 posted 03-15-2019 01:50 PM

top notch work as always!

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#3 posted 03-15-2019 02:11 PM

I keep hoping that you draw my name for a swap one of these times. Those are some fine looking screwdrivers and an awesome custom built storage box to go with them. I really like the wood choices all around. Thanks for joining the swap. Glad you could stick with it even with life getting in the way. Good to know your better half to getting better.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 03-15-2019 02:19 PM

Lookin’ good! I need to get MUCH better at turning I see.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#5 posted 03-15-2019 02:34 PM

Very nice looking set of screwdrivers, Jeff!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#6 posted 03-15-2019 03:07 PM

Great set of drivers Jeff and the box is a perfect compliment. But I wouldn’t expect less.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 03-15-2019 03:33 PM

Great attention to detail Jeff. The finished product is awesome.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#8 posted 03-15-2019 05:29 PM

AWESOME TOOL SET, INCLUDING BOX TOO! Greta colour variations.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 03-15-2019 07:29 PM

i love this set different woods are GR8 case is beautiful maybe i sould have made a multidriver for my set uummm maybe next time GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ DT3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#10 posted 03-15-2019 09:03 PM

Those look good…the Grace shank are very nice. I wish there was another group buy of them.

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#11 posted 03-15-2019 10:52 PM

Thanks everyone for the nice compliments. I really had fun in this swap. Earl, thanks for running it.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#12 posted 03-15-2019 11:58 PM

Jeff that set is outstanding. Nice bonus too!

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#13 posted 03-16-2019 12:26 AM

Your work is amazing as always Jeff! I want to make some.
I’d like to see the video on making the multidriver. Can you share the link?

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#14 posted 03-16-2019 01:05 AM

Your work is amazing as always Jeff! I want to make some.
I d like to see the video on making the multidriver. Can you share the link?

- duckmilk

Thanks Duck. Sure thing buddy, no problem.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#15 posted 03-16-2019 01:40 AM

Thanks Jeff. Hah! As the happy recipient of this fine set, I suppose it is I that should be thanking Kenny and Grant for their help.

I can tell you all that this is really a finely crafted set of tools. The Grace screwdriver shanks truly are exceptional and the shape and the finish that Jeff achieved on the handles is silky smooth without being slippery. They will be a joy to use. The box he made to hold them is really cool too. We really did think it looked like a box for dueling pistols before I looked inside and the way they are nested in the box in matched wood pairs sort of completes the illusion. As I said when I received it, I got a box of awesome in this swap.

The multi-bit driver may actually get the most use because I’m a going to use it to finally retire the crappy one I keep in the kitchen with the tiny bits that are stored in the hollow plastic handle that usually get dropped on the floor when trying switch them out. It’ll be the one I reach for first when I’m not in the shop. There will be much less swearing with this new driver.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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